July 2016 Blog Posts (6)

The Caribbean, Tikal, Petén Itza, Flores, and more! Days 18-24, July 14, 2016

Wow! We did so much the last few days, this will either be a really long one or a medium one depending on how much detail I get into.

To start with last Saturday and Sunday, we mainly worked on assignments but some people (not me) went to Pana on Sunday for tourism and then in the afternoon they went to the Catholic Church in Santa Catarina to see the differences between here and the U.S.  I guess it was much much longer and also they mixed both the Spanish language and the local…


Added by Michael Leiken on July 14, 2016 at 11:33pm — No Comments

It was more than a coffee plantation: Day 17 Friday, July 8, 2016

Today, we went to Charley’s coffee plantation and home, which is on the other side of the mountain from Atitlan. Before going to Charley’s, we went to Crossroads and Mike gave us free coffee (which he gets from Charley).  We got there around 10:30 and we were greeted with a gated fence and a security guard with a shotgun, which isn’t as uncommon as you would think.  We went inside and met up with Charley’s wife and he came in a few minutes.  They started to show us around the property after…


Added by Michael Leiken on July 8, 2016 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Tul planting, a Wastewater Treatment plant, and rock skipping: Day 16 Thursday, July 7, 2016

Yesterday, we started the day early once again.  We all went out to the Quiscab and pulled a few small baby Tul to replant in the San Juan area.  We met Lujain and two stray dogs (who followed us the entire time we were in San Juan) at the dock and she took us along the shore to a spot where she organized a gathering of the local fisherman to dig a plot of land for the tul.  When we got there, Eliska and the head fisherman had a conversation about the lake in front of the whole group.  It…


Added by Michael Leiken on July 7, 2016 at 10:04pm — No Comments

Day 14: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 – Lake Tours and Volcanos

On Sunday, we spent the entire day touring the lake with Elisa, the AMSCLAE director, and her two masters advisors, Jean and his wife, who are from Sweden. We stopped at the different important ecological components around the lake including the two large tributaries (Rio San Francisco y Rio Quiscab), the raw sewage inputs from multiple pueblos and municipalities, and the water treatment area for San Lucas Pilas, which are laundry areas for people to wash their clothes.  We also stopped in…


Added by Michael Leiken on July 5, 2016 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Day 11: Saturday, July 2, 2016: Santiago and Soccer

We started the day counting coliforms and E. Coli, but then we got to go on an adventure. We first went to Pana, where we stopped at a coffee shop called Café Loco and it’s our professor’s favorite place anywhere in the world to get coffee (and she’s been to a lot of places).  After coffee, we took a boat across the lake to a large town called Santiago. In Santiago Jenise took us to this large market; merchants were lining the floor and stairs trying to sell things. It reminded me a little…


Added by Michael Leiken on July 2, 2016 at 8:25pm — No Comments

Day 10: Friday, July 1, 2016

Yesterday, we met with Alberto Rivera-Gutierrez.  You can’t categorize this man, who originated from Columbia, got a PhD and taught in America, and now has thousands of acres of a nature preserve in the Atitlan basin near Panahachel. Alberto is a brilliant man who has hundreds of ideas and has implemented many of them into his reserve and way of life.  When in his presence, you feel inspired by much that he says.  He is one of those people you just want to be around.  I am so glad that I had…


Added by Michael Leiken on July 1, 2016 at 8:58pm — No Comments

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